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John J. Schacherer


Posted By: Oregon Rain
Date: 1/19/2007 at 23:29:44

Honey Creek township has a class of substantial, enterprising and progressive agriculturists, among whom John J. Schacherer is numbered. He was born July 26, 1866, in the township where he still resides, and, like many another of the worthy residents of this section of the county, he is of German lineage, his parents being John and Anna (Leibokl) Schacherer, both of whom were natives of Germany. Coming to America in early life, they first settled in Dubuque county, Iowa, where they were married. Mr. Schacherer was employed on a farm for some years and in 1866 came to Delaware county, where he purchased a tract of land in Honey Creek township. He immediately began to till the soil and carry on the work of cultivation and improvement, making his home upon that place until 1897, when he retired from active business life and removed to Dyersville, where he is now located. His wife passed away in 1906. In their family were twelve children, ten of whom are yet living.

John J. Schacherer had the usual experiences of the farm lad who is taught the value of industry and perseverance through practical experience. His educational opportunities were those afforded by the public schools and when not busy with his text-books he assisted his father. He remained upon the home farm until his marriage, which occurred when he was twenty-three years of age, his bride being Miss Alice Fitzpatrick, who was born in Elk township, this county, a daughter of James and Hulda (Foley) Fitzpatrick, the former a native of Ireland and the latter of Canada. Coming to America, they settled in Delaware county and the mother is still living, although the father has passed away.

Mr. and Mrs. Schacherer began their domestic life upon the farm which is still their home. He now owns one hundred and sixty acres of rich and pro­ductive land, situated on sections 10 and 11, Honey Creek township. In addi­tion to general farming he conducts a dairy business and is also engaged in stock-raising, keeping on hand good grades of cattle and hogs. His dairy products, too, find a ready sale and his well managed business affairs are bring­ing to him substantial success. He also owns thirteen acres of timber land in Clayton county and has improved his home place with fine buildings. His residence is commodious and attractive and in the rear stand the sheds for the shelter of grain and farm machinery as well as stock. The leading features of a model farm are found upon his place, and he is numbered among the suc­cessful agriculturists of his township.

Mr. and Mrs. Schacherer have become the parents of a son and daughter, Gregory G. and Charlotte, the former now attending college in Dubuque, Iowa. The religious faith of the parents is that of the Catholic church, and Mr. Schacherer is a democrat in his political belief, casting his ballot for the men .and measures of the party but never seeking office as a reward for party fealty.

~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago. Page 297-298. Call Number 977.7385 H2m; LDS microfilm #934937.


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